Course Description

Let's Talk About Death and Dying

Dying and death are a natural part of the life journey, yet it may be suggested that our society is “death phobic” and that not talking about death limits the breadth and depth of the human experience. We will talk about how dying and death are shaped by our social world. While focusing primarily on the Canadian context, we will also touch on death and dying experiences in societies around the world. Topics include approaches to grief, medical assistance in dying, and social and cultural attitudes to dying and death and how it is shaped by social influences.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to: 

  • Provide examples of how dying and death are influenced by social structures
  • Define palliative equity vs. equality
  • Compare and contrast medical assistance in dying, physician-assisted suicide, suicide, and euthanasia
  • Describe how bodies are disposed of in Canada and the legal regulations and implications
  • Discuss funeral processes and practices in the Canadian context

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Oct 17, 2020 to Oct 24, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Fee Before GST non-credit $75.00
Reading List / Textbook
No Textbook Required
Section Notes

This course will include an online synchronous session on the following date and time:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020: 9:30am – 12:30pm MT 

The course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L, which will be available no later than 9:00am MT the day prior to your course start date.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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